Cocoon meaning

kə-ko͝on
The definition of a cocoon is a protective covering or a silky covering made by an insect to shelter themselves while they grow.

An example of a cocoon is a waterproof covering over a boat.

An example of a cocoon is the case where a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly.

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Something that envelops, protects, or isolates.
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The silky protective case spun by the larvae of some insects and moths in which they metamorphose, the pupa.
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Any similar protective case, whether real or metaphorical.
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To envelop in a protective case, or to withdraw into such a case.
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To cocoon is defined as to cover something to keep it safe.

An example of to cocoon is for a mother to hold a child tightly during a storm.

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The silky or fibrous case which the larvae of certain insects spin about themselves for shelter during the pupa stage.
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To cause to be isolated or protected from harsh, dangerous, or disturbing realities; insulate.
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A protective plastic coating that is placed over stored military or naval equipment.
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Any protective cover like this, as the egg capsule of certain spiders, leeches, etc.
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Any cover used to waterproof or protect something, esp. military equipment for transport or storage.
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To enclose protectively, as in a cocoon.
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To isolate (oneself)
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A protective case of silk or similar fibrous material spun by the larvae of moths and certain other insects as a cover for the pupa.
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A similar natural protective covering or structure, such as the egg case of a spider.
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A case or covering of silky strands spun by an insect larva and inhabited for protection during its pupal stage.
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A similar protective structure, such as the egg cases made by spiders or earthworms.
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To envelop (an insect) in a cocoon.
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To wrap in a blanket or other covering.
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To be isolated or protected from harsh, dangerous, or disturbing realities, especially by remaining indoors at home in one's free time.
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Origin of cocoon

  • French cocon from Provençal coucoun diminutive of coco shell from Late Latin coccum from Latin berry, oak gall from Greek kokkos seed, berry

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French cocon, diminutive of coque (“shell”).

    From Wiktionary